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Field Ant

  • Typically make their home in fields, grassy areas, and gardens
  • Their mounds are often confused for fire ants but field ants do not sting, however they will bite
  • Field ants normally stay outdoors, but can be a lawn pest and a nuisance on decks and patios

Red Wasp

  • Red Wasps are a specific type of paper wasp, known for the material of its nest
  • One of the most commonly seen wasps since it likes to nest in or near buildings
  • Nests are open and the ends of the cells are not covered with a cap

Copperhead

  • Average size is between 2 and 3 feet
  • Diet consists primarily of small rodents but will also eat insects and frogs
  • Lives primarily in deciduous forests and mixed woodlands but will also live in pine forests and swampy regions.

Water Moccasin / Cottonmouth

  • LIke all vipers, the head of the cotton mouth is angular and blunt
  • Average size is between 2 feet and 4 feet, although some individuals reach up to 6 feet
  • Diet consists primarily of fish and frogs

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

  • Average size is between 4 and 6 feet with some specimens reaching over 7 feet
  • Habit is incredibly varied and includes dry pine forests, sandhills, and marshes, swamps and prairies
  • Diet includes birds and mammals as large as cottontail rabbits

Timber Rattlesnake

  • Most adults grow to between 3 and 5 feet long
  • Has dark cross bands on its back, but some individuals are completely dark
  • Found across the entire East Coast and Midwest regions of the US

Pigmy Rattlesnake

  • Average length is between 16 and 24 inches
  • Commonly inhabits flatwoods, mixed forests and areas near lakes and marshes
  • Diet consists of small mammals, birds, insects, and other reptiles

Eastern Coral Snake

  • The only venomous snake in Alabama outside of the pit viper family
  • Average length is 3 feet long but some individuals can reach up to 5 feet
  • Coral snakes live in the thick vegetation of forests and venture out after heavy rainfalls

Pigeons


Scorpion

  • The segmented tail has a stinger used to inject its prey and attackers with venom
  • Scorpions glow under black light and can be easily found in this manner
  • Although scorpions look menacing, they would rather run away from a threat than sting

Dust Mite

  • Extremely small mites with bodies are 0.25 millimeters long
  • Dust mites are a common source of allergies and can trigger asthma
  • These mites reproduce rapidly and can quickly become a significant infestation

Brown Recluse Spider

  • Spins disorganized webs in sheltered locations such as basements, barns, and homes
  • Brown recluses are active hunters and the web is meant as shelter and intended for catching prey
  • These spiders only have three pairs of eyes instead of the normal four pairs

Roof Rat

  • Despite the name, black rats can be light brown to black with smooth fur and are also known as roof rats
  • Smaller and sleeker body compared to the Norway rat
  • Black rats are excellent climbers and often nest in the attics of buildings

Field Crickets

  • Average size is between 0.5 and 1 inches
  • Most species are black but can be reddish or brown in color
  • Will eat a variety of foods including grass, seeds, grasshopper eggs, and will even steal from spiders

Norway Rat

  • Large rats that can weigh over a pound, are covered in brown to gray fur
  • Live in underground burrows and entere homes at night in search of food
  • Leave grease stains on surfaces that they run over

House Mouse

  • Reproduce rapidly and can quickly infest a large home
  • House mice are nocturnal and can be heard scurrying and chewing at night
  • Prefers to feed on nuts and seeds but will eat any food that it finds

Deer Mouse

  • Tail is distinctly two toned with a dark upper side and a light under side
  • Mice's teeth never stop growing so the mice must constantly wear them down by chewing
  • Deer mice have a relatively slim body and dark beady eyes

Dobsonfly

  • Adult have large oversized wings and a thin body
  • Males have mandibles so large that they are not usable, while the female's smaller mandibles are capable of delivering a painful bite
  • Adults do not feed and aren't a threat to humans unless they pinch

Crane Fly

  • A stick like body with extremely long and thin legs
  • Unlike other flies, the crane fly is actually a very poor flier

American Cockroach

  • These roaches are reddish-brown with a yellow band located behind the head
  • Large populations can emit a "musty" odor that be used to detect an infestation
  • Will eat any food that it can find, but prefers to feed on decaying matter

Boxelder Bug

  • This bug is black with red lines along the sides and thorax, and flat red wings
  • Adults feed almost exclusively on the seeds of Acer species
  • Often confused with "stink bugs" since they will release a odorous compound when disturbed or threatened

Moles

  • Extremely short and powerful front claws that are built for digging tunnels
  • Burrows that are close to ground level create distinct ridges
  • Due to underground lifestyle, the eyes and ears are very small and usually covered with fur

Skunks

  • Skunks may have one or several stripes that may be broken into several stripes
  • Skunks are omnivorous but mostly feed upon insects, small mammals, and reptiles
  • Are capable of accurately spraying up to 10 feet

Raccoons

  • Raccoons are well known for their masked face and striped tail
  • Trash cans are a very common target for raccoons as they search out food

Opossums

  • Adults are about the size of a large cat
  • Omnivores that will eat almost anything that they come across
  • As a marsupial they carry their young in a pouch

Eastern Red Bat

  • The eastern red bat is a small bat that usually nests in trees
  • Males have distinctly red fur while females are more chestnut colored
  • These bats are usually solitary animals but will migrate in large flocks

Eastern Pipistrelle

  • One of the smallest bats found in North America
  • Often called the tricolored bat and their fur can range from yellow to red to brown
  • The females form colonies that raise their young and feed together

Big Brown Bat

  • Big brown bats are the largest bats found in Alabama
  • Make an audible sound while hunting, similar to a click or hiss
  • These bats commonly make their nests in attics and protected eaves

Drain Fly

  • When resting, the wings are folding over the body in a roof-like manner
  • These flies breed very rapidly going through an entire generation in as short of a period as a week
  • These flies are an indication that there is a clogged or slow drain in the house

Smooth Earth Snake

  • Adults are usually 7-10 inches long
  • Diet consists primarily of earthworms
  • Has smooth scales and a pointed snout

Rough Earth Snake

  • Average size is between 7 and 10 inches.
  • Diet consists primarily of earthworms and arthropods
  • Has rough scales and a pointed head

Eastern Garter Snake

  • Average length of 2 feet with some individuals growing up to 4 feet
  • Markings include stripes that run the length of the body
  • Most garter snakes release a foul smell when harmed or threatened

Brown Water Snake

  • Average size is between 30 and 60 inches
  • Are often confused for Water Moccasins
  • Commonly found basking on tree branches over the water

Rough Green Snake

  • Average snakes grow to less than 4 feet and have a very thin body
  • Diet consists mostly of insects but tree frogs are eaten as well
  • Rough Green Snakes are common in urban developments with adequate vegetation

Rat Snake

  • Medium bodied snake that average between 4 to 6 feet
  • Produce a foul odor if attacked by a predator to act as a deterrent
  • Rat Snakes are excellent swimmers although they prefer dry environments where their prey lives

Corn Snake

  • Average size is between 4 and 6 feet
  • Often kept as pets because of their docile nature and color patterns
  • Can be found in basements and buildings near open field and forests

Ring-Necked Snake

  • When threatened this snake will curl up and display its colorful underbelly
  • Diet consists mostly of small amphibians and worms
  • Average length is only 10 to 15 inches and medium bodied

Black Racer

  • Average length is between 2 and 5 feet
  • Will feed on any animal that it can overpower, such as rodents, small birds, insects and smaller snakes
  • Are extremely comfortable and common in suburban envrionments

Scarlet Snake

  • The species is nocturnal and usually hides under dead leaves so is not commonly seen by humans
  • Average length is between 14 to 26 inches
  • Diet consists of lizards, small rodents, and other snakes

Worm Snake

  • Can release a foul odor when threatened or disturbed
  • Average length is less than 14 inches
  • Almost exclusively eats earthworms but will also eat slugs, snails, and insect larvae

Thrips

  • Very small insects between 0.5 to 5 mm long
  • Some species have wings while others are flightless

Leaffooted Bug

  • These large bugs feed on vegetables, fruits, and other plants
  • They are not known to cause damage and do not bite humans

Kissing Bug

  • Feed on blood that is usually taken from the victims face
  • These bugs are attracted to lights and are sometimes found flying around porch lights
  • Bites do not normally cause a reaction and may be confused with other skin irritations

Stink Bug

  • Most stink bugs prefer to be outdoors where they can feed on plants and fruit
  • The smell of a stink bug can be difficult to remove and may linger for several days
  • These bugs are originally from Asia and are considered an invasive species

Head Lice

  • These small parasites live in the hair on a human's head and feed on their host's blood
  • Lice can not survive off of the human body for very long, but can easily spread through hats or combs
  • The eggs are known as nits, and this is where we get the phrase "nit-picking"

Camel Crickets

  • The extremely long antennae are used to navigate dark spaces
  • The camel cricket is completely harmless but may jump towards objects that it perceives as threats
  • These crickets do not normally invade homes and indicate large entryways that are not sealed

Mole Crickets

  • Shares many characteristics with the true mole such as powerful digging claws
  • Mole crickets are powerful fliers but lack agility and are unable to fly long distances
  • These crickets can damage lawns with their tunnels and by feeding on roots

House Crickets

  • Are often raised as food for pets such as reptiles, amphibians, and birds
  • Yellowish-brown body with three dark stripes across the head
  • In order to attract females, Males chirp by rubbing their hind legs together

Clover Mite

  • These mites are colored reddish brown, while eggs and young mites are bright red
  • Primarily feed on clover and other plants
  • Attracted to sunny area and will congregate in these spots

Indian Meal Moth

  • These moths are the most common pest of stored food
  • Easily identified by their bi-colored wings
  • The adults lay their eggs in food that the larvae eats upon hatching

Mediterranean Flour Moth

  • These moths are pests of dry food products such as cereal and flour
  • The adult moths don't eat but instead lay eggs within the food

Earwigs

  • Despite urban legends, these insects do not burrow into people's ears to lay their eggs
  • Most earwigs have small wings but are very poor fliers and can only manage short distances at a time
  • Earwigs release pheromones which causes them to gather in large numbers

American Spider Beetle

  • The wing covers make the beetle look "humped" like a spider, hence the name
  • These beetles ruin more food with their droppings and their larvae's web then they do by eating
  • An extremely hardy beetle, the American spider beetle can go without water for seven years and will remain in "suspended animation" when food is rare

Sawtoothed Grain Beetles

  • The sawtooth name come from the tiny projections behind the head that create a saw like appearance
  • These beetles may lay dormant over the window, only to reemerge in the spring
  • These beetles usually require chemical treatment to remove effectively

Plaster Beetles

  • Extremely small with body lengths between 1 and 3 millimeters
  • Bodies range from reddish brown to yellowish brown with some individuals being almost black
  • Finding these bugs is usually a sign of a much larger moisture problem that will attract all types of pests

Larder Beetles

  • These beetles can infest so many areas that it can be difficult to eliminate them completly
  • Larder beetles will feed not only on stored foods but leather, feathers and other natural fibers
  • Storing foods securely and maintaining a clean environment will help but often chemical sprays are neccesary

Japanese Beetles

  • They feed on the leaf material between the veins leaving behind leaves that are skeletonized
  • These beetles will rarely enter the home and prefer to remain in gardens and other vegetation
  • The larvae is capable of causing almost as much damage as the adult and should be controlled as well

Flour Beetles

  • Colors range from a reddish brown to black and adults are only 3 to 4 mm long
  • Some species are better fliers than others, but the most common species are poor fliers and rarely do so
  • Contaminated flour will become discolored and will smell foul

Drugstore Beetle

  • These beetles are very similar to the cigarette beetle but are slightly larger, up to 3.5 millimeters
  • These beetles are fairly active and the adults can sometimes be seen flying around
  • The adults have a humped appearance and are brown in color

Dried Fruit Beetles

  • The beetle is black with short wing covers that leave the abdomen exposed and have two amber-colored spots on them
  • Primary food source is fruit but will also feed on sap from plantlife
  • Common sources of contamination is fruit that has fallen on the ground

Cigarette Beetles

  • Small beetles between 2 and 3 millimeters long and colored dark brown
  • Very similar in appearance to drugstore beetle and the furniture beetle
  • These beetles can reproduce quickly and multiple generations are possible in a single year

Lady Beetles

  • Lady beetles can bite but do not cause any harm to humans
  • They lay their eggs on leaves so infestations are not usually prolonged
  • Sighting these beetles indoors is a clear indication that other pests are able to enter your home as well

Dog Fleas

  • Less common in America than cat fleas
  • A common sign is pets that are consistently scratching
  • Fleas eggs can survive off of their host and must be removed to truly eradicate an infestation

Dog Tick

  • Most commonly found on dogs but will attach to any large mammal
  • Common vector of the Rocky Mountain spotted fever and canine tick paralysis
  • A tick that has been feeding will look drastically different from an unfed tick

Deer Tick

  • The deer tick is the primary spreader of Lyme disease in America
  • Ticks have fed look drastically different from ticks that have not fed yet
  • Feeds on a variety of mammals and birds, not just deer

Black Widow Spider

  • The female's body is shiny black with a distinctive red hourglass shape on the bottom side of its large abdomen
  • Black widows spin messy, irregular webs near the ground in order to trap its prey
  • The venom is a neurotoxin and can be very painful but fatalities are low, especially with current antivenom

Wolf Spider

  • Large spider with many individual's bodies over an inch long
  • Wolf spiders do not spin webs but instead live in burrows where they wait for prey
  • Have excellent eyesight, which they use to hunt

Common House Spider

  • Usually dull brown in color with darker chevron-shaped markings
  • Build tangled webs in small, secluded areas of your home
  • Diet consists of small insects such as flies, ants, wasps, and mosquitoes

Cellar Spider

  • Spiders are typically brown with extremely long legs
  • Can not survive outside during cold weather
  • Will shake their web violently when threatened

Garden Spiders

  • Large black bodies with yellow markings
  • Webs have a distinct, zigzag portion of the web in the middle that is very dense and noticeable
  • These spiders can shake their webs to entrap prey or prevent predators from attacking

Tarantula

  • Tarantulas are among the largest spiders known, some are even able to prey on small birds and mice
  • These spiders do not spin webs and spend most of their lives on the ground or trees
  • In the Americas, tarantulas are covered with irritable hairs

Spinybacked Orb Weaver Spider

  • A short flat body with colorful spines sticking out
  • Spin large orb webs that they remove and rebuild daily
  • Are sometimes confused with crab spiders because of their body shape

Cat Fleas

  • Cat fleas are the most common fleas found on Earth
  • Cat fleas are not specific to cats but will live on any furry mammal
  • A common sign is constant scratching by pets

Mosquitoes

  • Only the females feed on blood and only to gather protein to help produce eggs
  • Larvae can be identified swimming on the surface of stagnant pools of water
  • Mosquitoes are most common during the evening and can desiccate in the afternoon sun

Fruit Fly

  • Fruit flies breed so rapidly that they are often used for scientific research to study genetics over multiple generations in a short period
  • These flies are only 3 to 4 millimeters and most have red eyes and a tan thorax
  • Populations tend to grow during the summer outdoors, but indoors populations stay high year round

House Fly

  • House flies are usually grey with four black stripes on its back
  • The eyes of the house fly are incredibly complex and have a wide range of vision
  • The presence of house flies can indicate that your home is not properly sealed against insects and other pests

Gnat

  • These tiny flies are incredibly weak fliers and fly in sporadic pattens
  • Despite their small size, gnats can be dangerous because of diseases that they carry
  • Some gnats eat agricultural pests and are excellent pollinaters

Blow Fly

  • Blow flies have a metallic appearance and their antennae have feathery ends
  • These flies can smell the flesh of a dead animal from almost a mile away
  • Blow flies act as pollinators for some plants that release a smell that is very similar to rotting flesh

Phorid Humpbacked Fly

  • Closely resemble the fruit fly, but the body has a distinct humped back when viewed from the side
  • Are particularly fond of decaying animals as a site to lay their eggs
  • Are poor fliers and will often run and can be identified by their erratic flight

Dampwood Termite

  • Relatively large termites, soldiers can be over 2 centimeters and have very large heads
  • Build their nests within the wood they are feeding on instead of underground
  • There is no worker class in these colonies

Drywood Termite

  • Live and feed on dry wood such as that found in attics
  • Can be identified by their feces which looks like small hexagonal pellets
  • These termites do not require underground nests and are much harder to detect

Formosan Termite

  • Create massive colonies that can quickly devastate a structure
  • Soldiers release a milky white substance when threatened

Subterranean Termite

  • Live underground to preserve moisture
  • Subterranean are the most common and widespread termite in America

Oriental Roach

  • Is one of the few cockroaches that are incapable of flight
  • Like many roaches, large populations can emit a musty odor
  • Oriental roaches are typically shiny black but can vary

Sugar Ant

  • Thief ants are incredibly small with workers only 2mm long
  • Their primary food source is stealing from other ants
  • Small colonies that nest indoors in small crevices, woodwork and masonry

Pavement Ant

  • These ants often attack other colonies, with large battles taking place on sidewalks leaving many dead ants
  • Outdoors, they nest under rocks and within cracks of pavement. Indoors they nest within walls and under floors
  • Small to medium workers, approximately 3 millimeters long

Fire Ant

  • Infamous for their painful sting and aggressive nature
  • Dig distinctive sandy mounds that are especially noticeable after rain
  • Colonies can be as large as 500,000 individuals

Carpenter Ant

  • These are the largest ants found in Alabama
  • Carpenter ants do not eat wood but burrow into wood to build their nests
  • Colonies can be broken up into satellite colonies that are separate from the parent colony

Pharaoh Ant

  • Very small ants with workers about 2 millimeters long
  • Infest homes over the winter to avoid cold weather and survive well indoors
  • If a colony is disturbed the population will spread and create multiple colonies

Odorous Ants

  • Create large colonies, up to 100,000 ants, and multiple colonies are known to live in close proximity
  • Workers release a rotten coconut like smell when crushed
  • Usually invade homes when populations are large and heavy rain washes away their food sources

Harvester Ant

  • Workers are different sizes and the larger workers have disproportionally large heads
  • Prefers to nest in sand, sandy soil, or gravel
  • Harvesters are named for their habit of collecting seeds and storing the food for winter

Fox Squirrel

  • Largest of all the tree squirrels, they also spend more time on the ground compared to other tree squirrels
  • Are most active during the day and prefer to nest during the night
  • Insulation within attics and garages closely mimic the squirrels preferred nest of tree cavities

Gray Squirrel

  • Slightly smaller than fox squirrels but larger than red squirrels
  • Eats primarily seeds and nuts but has been known to eat insects, frogs and even other squirrels on rare occasions

Woodchuck

  • Short stocky bodies, these ground squirrels prefer to live in burrows that they dig
  • Prefers to eat grasses, alfalfa, and clover. They can destroy a garden in just one or two nights

Webbing Clothes Moth

  • The caterpillars feed on natural clothing, especially wool
  • These moths are usually much smaller than food infesting moths
  • Finding dead moths in a closet is a sure sign that your clothes are at risk

Millipedes

  • Despite their name, no millipede is known to have 1,000 legs
  • Millipedes range in size from 2 millimeters to over 11 inches
  • Most millipedes feed on decaying plant matter but some species prey on earthworms and small insects

Bed Bug

  • Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood
  • These parasites are notorious for how easy they spread through luggage and bedding
  • Bed Bugs are difficult to get rid off and infestations can reappear many times

Bumble Bee

  • Bumblebees can de distinguished from other hairy breeds by the hind leg which has a concave surface that is used to transport pollen from plant to plant
  • Mature colonies will often consist of less than 50 individuals
  • Bumblebees are often a beneficial insect that pollinate many important plants and combined with their docile nature are often allowed to live on in proximity to humans

Honey Bee

  • Honey bees are rarely aggressive and are usually not a danger to humans, unlike the Africanized honey bee
  • Create hives with honeycombs that are made out of wax to hold honey over the winter
  • Honey bees are often raised, fed, and maintained by beekeepers for their honey and their pollination services

Africanized Honey Bee

  • Produce much less honey than European honey bees and require warmer environments
  • These bees are known to take over existing honey bee hives and establish their own queen
  • Much more likely to live underground than European honey bees

Yellow Jackets

  • Yellow jackets are characterized by the rapid, side to side flight
  • Adult yellow jackets prefer to eat sugars such as fruit and nectar but will gather meat and insects for larvae who prefer protein
  • Yellow jackets tend to nest underground but any cavity that it finds will do such as a tree hollow or attic

Paper Wasps

  • Sometimes called umbrella wasps due to the shape of their hives
  • Paper wasps recognize each other's faces in a manner that is comparable to humans and chimps
  • The nests are typically made from dead wood mixed with saliva to create a paper like substance

Mud Dauber

  • Mud Daubers have extremely narrow and elongated waists
  • The wasps are not aggressive and stings are very uncommon
  • Mud daubers build simple nests using mud instead of paper

Hornets

  • The European wasp is the most common wasp found in Alabama
  • Hornet stings are more painful than a typical wasp sting because of the large amount of acetylcholine
  • Hornets feed almost exclusively on other insects

Carpenter Bee

  • These bees are somewhat deterred by wood that is stained or painted although this solution is not 100% effective
  • Unlike termites, carpenter bees do not eat wood. They push the wood particles out of the hole or use them to create partitions within the hole
  • Carpenter bees can cause large amounts of damage in just a short period since many individuals will nest near each other and expand existing nests

Citronella Ants

  • These ants release a strong lemon smell when they are crushed
  • A type of moisture ants, these ants are attracted to area with high moisture
  • Workers are yellow and about 4 millimeters long

Acrobat Ant

  • When viewed from above, the abdomen is shaped like a heart
  • When threatened, these ants lift their abdomen above their head
  • Many species of acrobat ants release a foul smell when disturbed

Argentine Ant

  • These ants vary from light brown to dark brown
  • They create massive colonies with multiple queens all living together
  • Will occasionally raise colonies of aphids in order to feed on their honeydew

Ground Spiders

  • Most species have larger, barrel-shaped spinnerets that are seperated
  • Some species mimic ants and wave their front legs around to look like antennae
  • Are active hunters of insects but only during the night

Jumping Spiders

  • Very developed and prominent eyes
  • Extremely agile and fast spiders, they often leap great distances to attack their prey
  • Typically have dark and dull colorations

Crab Spiders

  • Venom is not dangerous to humans although it can cause redness and swelling
  • Some species are able to change their color over a period of a few days
  • If found within the home, they can indicate large gaps to the outside and a secondary pest infestation

Smokybrown Cockroach

  • Are rarely seen during the day and prefer moist areas
  • As with all roaches, sighting a single smokybrown cockroach means that they are hundreds that you can't see
  • Among the best fliers of all cockroaches

German Cockroach

  • German cockroaches have wings but are very poor fliers and before to run
  • Can secrete odorous secretions large populations are sometimes detecting by a "musty" odor
  • Most often found in kitchens and bathrooms but can also survive anywhere with proper humidity and food

Brown-Banded Cockroach

  • Their droppings are often noticed as black smears on crown molding, light fixtures and pictures mounted high on the wall
  • A single roach usually indicates a much larger infestation
  • This cockroach has two light-colored bands across the abdomen and wings

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